Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Actual 0.94 Carat Diamond Size on Hand

This article gives a photo example presenting the real size of a 0.94 carat diamond when set in a ring and put on a typical woman's hand. This 0.94 carat round diamond is 6.4 mm in diameter which you can see in the image.

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I've used the average engagement ring size, which is size six, for the illustration, which has an internal diameter of 16.5 mm or 0.65 inches. A person's fingers could be significantly larger or smaller than the ones of the woman in the photo, which are quite thin - keep in mind yours probably look quite different. The visual size of the diamond and ring can be affected by whether you have thick or thin fingers, as well as by the length of your fingers. Look at the difference between the size of the woman's hand and the man's hand in the illustration - you can see that the woman's hand is significantly smaller and more petite (which is typical), so the diamond looks to be larger on her hand than it would obviously on his hand.

Go searching for diamonds this size at James Allen by clicking on the banner below and dragging the carat slider to the appropriate setting:

Actual Diamond Photos from JamesAllen